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China’s Turbulent Aircraft Sector: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects

October 11, 2018 • 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT

Join the Freeman Chair in China Studies on October 11th for an in-depth look at China's commercial aircraft sector. Although China has created a successful airline industry and other elements of the aviation sector, its efforts in aircraft manufacturing have been more troublesome. Building a domestic Chinese commercial airliner has long been a goal pursued with intense vigor, yet progress has been far slower than expected and there is no consensus about the likelihood of success in the near future. To understand these issues, Deputy Director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies Scott Kennedy will analyze the sources of this turbulent sector and then explain the implications China’s challenges have for the global aircraft sector. He will then moderate a panel discussion with leading experts from industry and academia on a range of issues about China and the industry more generally, featuring Douglas Harned of Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, Susan Ying of Ampaire, and Todd Siena of Block Aero Technologies.

This event is part of CSIS’s China Innovation Policy Series (CIPS).The purpose of this initiative, which is being carried out in partnership with CSIS’s Technology Policy Program, is to better understand Chinese innovation policies, the actual performance record of Chinese innovation efforts, and the implications for the sectors globally and China’s trading partners.

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of our partners: Microsoft Corporation, the General Electric Foundation, the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Semiconductor Industry Association, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).


Scott Kennedy
Senior Adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics

Douglas Harned

Managing Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Company

Todd Siena

Founder & CEO, Block Aero Technologies

Susan Ying

Vice President of Technology Strategy & International Relations, Ampaire